Foreword

Linked Data: Structured data on the Web the book is just what Linked Data the technology has needed. It is a friendly introduction to the use and publication of structured data on the World Wide Web.

Linked Data was part of my initial vision for the Web and is an important part of the Web’s future. The Web took off as a web of hyperlinked documents which were exciting to read, but which could not effectively be used as data.

And, yes, in fact, much of the Web is data-driven, and the data has been hidden on files inside the server. In slides from my wrap-up talk at the very first WWW conference in 1994, I pointed out that while documents talk about people and things, such as a title deed saying who owns a house, the system was not capturing ...

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